Output of Taiwan's textile industry fell by 2.6% in 2006 according to the latest figures, to NT$457.2bn (US$13.8bn).

Statistics released by the Industrial Technology Intelligence Services of the Taiwan Textile Research Institute also show the sector achieved a trade surplus of US$9.06bn for the year, with exports of US$11.76bn and imports worth US$2.7bn.

Production of manmade fibres, yarns and fabrics decreased by 1.7%. An even greater fall was posted by the clothing industry, with production down 10.5% to NT$43.5bn.